We have dined at Da Franz several times in the past while attending the Biennale since it was a few minutes away from the Giardini and it was always an enjoyable experience,. The new location is more central but nothing has been lost in the move. If anything it has gotten better. The ambience makes one feel as if the restaurant has been there for a hundred years with polished wood, quiet but tasteful decor and a single candle on the table. Nothing fancy, yet very refined. The staff is excellent and several have been with Da Franz for years and the owner's son is now in charge. Friendly, yet professional service. Fish is, of course, the name of the game here as in most Venetian restaurants, but Da Franz uses very interesting spices and other ingredients to combine with very fresh and excellently prepared fish to produce some very creative and tasty dishes, e.g., a Branzino (sea bass) that had been marinated in orange and lemon juice and then sautéed with finely ground fresh herbs, and a mackerel served with a variety of fresh berries + red cabbage puree spiced with cumin. There is a good wine list and unless one opts for the reserve list, prices are very good value for money. All in all, one of our top choices in Venice.
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